AGE: – Han Dynasty Circa 206 B.C. – 220 A.D.
CONSTRUCTION: – Earthenware
DESCRIPTION: – Chinese Han Dynasty Terracotta lidded Bowl
HEIGHT: – 17cm
WEIGHT:– 3.85 kg.
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This Chinese Han Dynasty Lidded Terracotta Bowl decorated with red and blue geometric design around the body of the vessel has an unusual decoration, rarely seen in this type of Han Dynasty Ming qi.
The lid is decorated with three figures, all with human bodies and an animal head, this could be that of the horse necked deity referred to as Hayagriva. The Hayagriva is one of the avatars of the Lord Vishnu worshipped in Hindu mythology, he is the God of knowledge and wisdom.
It is rare to see a figure of the deity Hayagriva on this kind of Chinese Han Dynasty funerary Mingqi, it could be a very early depiction of the Hayagriva as can be seen in this very early bronze depiction of the Hayagriva found in Burma. This may suggest that during the Han Dynasty Hindu imagery was incorporated into their Buddhist beliefs and art forms.
Buddhism was introduced into China from India during the Han Dynasty through trade between the two countries along the Silk Road.
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